Help for Food in Longmont, CO
I'm going to be in Longmont, CO for work from the 6th till the 18th. Staying at the Radisson, near Twin Peaks Mall. Don't know how many free meals I'll have, but I want to check out the town. Can you give me some hints and clues on the best spots to eat. Looking for the true Chow-Finds. Spare me the chain restaurants, which I'm sure are all around the hotel.
Also, how about really good espresso???
Tortuga's. One of my favorites, anywhere. Food with a Caribbean flair. Dynamite fish.
Lucile's. Cajun/Creole. Breakfast-luch only.
Efrain's for sit down Mexican. A branch of their Lafayette "flagship" joint. A real bargain and the chile verde is killer.
You'll also find numerous taquerias scattered around with fresh tortillas and tacos.
Colterra in Niwot. About a 10 minute drive south on your way to Boulder.
Boulder is just a short drive anyway and your choices grow exponentially.
Oskar Blues in Lyons. Drive 20 minutes west to this brew pub with excellent food, great live music and fabulous beer including their signature Dale's Pale Ale.
Speaking of beer, a stop at the tasting room of Left Hand Brewing in Longmont is well worth it.
Ditto Tortuga's. I credit this restaurant for getting me to LOVE fish, after a bad childhood experience I avoided it for years. It's not far from Twin Peaks Mall area (about which you are correct re: chain infestation).
I don't love the Longmont Efrain's as much as the Boulder one, but the chile verde is still killer- and the costillas.
Like the beer at Oskar Blues, don't much care for the food.
Can't go wrong with Tortugas. The nearby Cheese Importers Warehouse is a fine venue for purchasing and sampling cheesy comestibles, and they also have a deli that makes decent sandwiches (at least it did last year) and other lunch items. Best cheap strip mall sushi in Colorado (actually it compares pretty favorably to most places in the Boulder area) is at Ichiban across Ken Pratt (or is it Hover?) from the hotel. The $12.95 sashimi dinner is excellent, despite the snack bar ambience. Catfish Curly's (if they're still around) had decent crawfish boils. Heard good things about Sugarbeet and enjoyed a sample of strawberry soup from Terroir at last weekend's Boulder Food and Wine Festival. Terroir looks to be doing some interesting stuff with New American cuisine. Luccadeli's (I think) has expensive pizza with a long wait, but it's reasonably tasty. Might be better off going to the Longmont branch of Proto's Pizza. Pinnochio's provides ok Italian-American fare if that floats your boat.
Update on Ichiban - I was there tonight after a couple of months and it's now sit-down at dinner (with tablecloths and fancy light fixtures) instead of ordering at the counter and having the food brought to you. The 12-piece $12.95 sashimi dinner is now the 20-piece $18.95 dinner and it now comes with salad and orange for dessert in addition to miso soup. The quality of the fish tonight was as good as I've had, and the salmon and sweet-tasting scallops were first-rate.
I stayed at the Radisson on Sunday night last week. My recommendation is to avoid the free breakfast buffet which was some of the worst food we had in Colorado. Otherwise, the hotel was very good, especially at $46/night on Priceline.
Since many of the places were closed on Sunday, we stopped at a very nondescript Chinese place located in an old gas station. The food was quite excellent in both quantity and quality. We really enjoyed the Salt and Pepper Shrimp as well as the Cashew Chicken. Prices were very reasonable. Friendly service.
736 Main St
Longmont, CO 80501